Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Guest Designer for Mixed Media Mojo-Collect Beautiful Moments

Hello, crafty friends! I'm so happy you have stopped by today! I'm super excited to be invited by Jannet atMixed Media Mojo to Guest Design for them today! For their theme "Harvest With a Twist of Adding Fruit",  I've made an autumnal card.

To see how I made the leafy background panel, please visit Mixed Media Mojo. It really turned out to be a mess, so I'm happy it's mostly covered up.

The apple crate and leaves are stamps by an unknown maker and were the inspiration for my card. I bid on these and eight other sets of stamps in a lot at my first online auction, and "won" them all for just $6! Now, that's a crafty bargain!

I inked the crate and leaves in Potting Soil Archival ink. For the leaves, I started by coloring my water color paper with Distress inks in the following late summer/fall colors: Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, and Forest Moss, then stamped the image. For the apple crate, I stamped my image first, then colored with Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and Candied Apples Distress markers and a water pen. When dry, I drizzled on Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint, and allowed that to dry. I highlighted the cracks with Ground Expresso ink and covered the apples in Ranger Glossy Accents. I fussy cut the leaves and apple crate, and everything was edged with Ground Expresso ink.

The twig die cut is Impression Obsession, and the trim is from my stash.

The wood signs started as a tag from my stash. I cut it in half and gave it a coat of gesso. For the back tag, I pulled an art texture comb through the wet gesso to create a wood grain pattern. When dry, I inked that with Weathered Wood and Ground Expresso and flicked with water to blend the colors--you can still see a bit of the original graphics through the gesso and ink, but I think it adds to it. I edged in Ground Expresso and distressed.

The top sign was colored first with DecoArt Burnt Umber, dried, and then coated with DecoArt Weathered Wood. When dry, I gave it a final thin coat of DecoArt Titan Buff and then edged with Ground Expresso ink. The sentiment comes from Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs.

The very back woodgrain panel is kraft card, clear embossed using an All Night Media woodgrain stamp and then painted with Weathered Wood Distress paint. I edged in Ground Expresso and distressed.

I think that does it! Here is another glance at the finished card. I would like to thank Jannet and all the talented Design Team at Mixed Media Mojo for allowing me to join them today! What a wonderful group of artists!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey Stencil It! Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil.
The Artistic Stamper August Creative challenge-Anything Goes

I apologize for being missing in action lately. In case you have been wondering where I've been, here are a few shots of what's been keeping me away from blogland. My sweet baby girl has gone off to college, and I was spending as much time as possible with her. We took a short trip to the mountains of North Carolina 2 weeks ago, and last week we got her settled in her dorm room. 

We had to go down before we could go UP!

And up we went! We started at "ground zero" and hiked to the top.

That became this waterfall.

Which looks pretty small from the top lookout!

Thank you for stopping by to visit and leave your lovely comments! They make my day!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily 


  1. Congrats on your guest designer spot Sara, you knocked it out of the park with this one! Love your textures, oh my, and that box of apples is such a great fruity addition. That sentiment sure is one to live by, especially given the recent events of seeing your daughter off to start her adult life. Wow, and I thought that the trails and hills we climbed were rough, this one would have knocked me right on my butt!! Well done to you for getting to the top. Love the pic of you two together, so sweet!! have a wonderful day my friend. sending hugs :)

  2. Lovely to see you collecting beautiful moments with your darling daughter - what a fabulous photo of you together Sara. Beautiful fall creativity and super guest design piece. j.

  3. Oh my gosh, Sara Emily, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow!! I absolutely love this!! You've captured fall on a card!! The apples are beautiful!! I love, love the weathered sign!! The texture and colors are amazing!! Wow!! Spectacular!! Congrats on your guest design spot!! And thank you so much for linking up at Scrapy Land!!

    What a gorgeous picture of you and your daughter!! Good luck to her at college!! The photos of your hike are so beautiful!! I love the pretty waterfall!! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Hello lovely lady - I love the photo of you and your girl - she is gorgeous! Oh you will miss her but how wonderful she is off to college. North Carolina looks stunning - I must visit!
    Anyway on the crafty things - a great creation - what a fab stamp and what a bargain. Your colours are amazing.
    Nikki xx

  5. Wow Sara, this is fabulous! I really love that box of apples stamp, you really have made it look realistic on this piece and those weathered signs are amazing!! Congratulations on your Guest spot too.

    Love the pics of you and your daughter and also the outdoor ones, what a great place to visit - it was lovely that you got to spend quality time with your girl too - such a special time. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Your background is far from a mess! Love all the yummy texture you add to every last project of yours! The apples were a great focal image idea. :) And I love that twig die!!! You and Lauren are adorable! She's so pretty and I know she will do well with a good mama like you! <3 Hugs, Autumn

  7. The fruit in a crate grabbed me straight away Sara such an unusual stamp and you've used it beautifully on your card with so many visually interesting additions and a fabulous background. Lovely to see your photos of you and your daughter having some special time together and I can see you are super proud of her. The waterfall looks amazing. Xxx

  8. Congratulations on your GD spot, Sara! How blessed are they to have you. :o) Your card is gorgeous... I am thoroughly enamored with the background and the sentiment. Is there a lovelier harvest sentiment than that? It melts my sappy heart. The color palette is Autumnal perfection and your texture is perfectly dreamy. Thank you for the sweet inspiration, my friend. And I'm so happy you and your daughter collected beautiful moments to close out the summer.. they will be treasured. :o) Have a wonderful day, dear friend.

    Hugs and blessings,

  9. Congrats on your guest designer spot, Sara, and this is fabulous! I love, love, love the background with all of the beautiful colors and textures! You did an amazing job, as always. I also love your new stamps - great find! - and I can see you using the signs in a graveyard scene for Halloween! Your apples are beautifully colored and really pop. Love your pics - your daughter is so pretty and it's so hard when the kids go off to college...looks like you two had a wonderful time!!

  10. Wonderful photos of your trip with your daughter - what a lovely way to wish her well - off to college! Love the autumn theme of this beautifully layered card Sara Emily - the box of apples is gorgeous sitting on the pretty pile of leaves! thanks so much for joining us in the AVJ Stencil challenge! Julia xx

  11. Oh you lovely sweet lady you! So happy to see pics of your baby girl. Now that hike is another story but looks like a beautiful scenic wonderland huge congrats on your GDT at MMM! Such a nice crew over there. Your design is amazeballs! You didn't just bid and win on some goodies-you SCORED big time! I would definitely go to an auction with you. Hehe! Your layers and different textural backgrounds are awesome sauce and Ican see why that stamp was such an inspiration! Hot diggity! Fantabulous dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  12. Oh sweetie, such a bittersweet time for you! Is your daughter going to school far from home? I will be thinking of you and sending out good positive wishes for both of you on this new journey! xoxo

  13. Congratulations! Sara Emily on your GD spot . What an autumnal delight you have created Lush colours and imagery. Wonderful texture. Just love those weathered wood signs and those shiny reds look ripe to eat. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

    Wishing you daughter a fantastic time at University . Thanks for sharing the fabulous photos of your M n D time together . Looks awesome . Glad you made it back to the top :) x

  14. A gorgeous harvest make, Sara Emily. The leafy texture in the background is stunning, and I love those layered panels with the woodgrain and the weathered wood with the words. Glad you've been enjoying some time with your daughter - looks like a beautiful place to explore - and I wish her well in this next big adventure.
    Alison x

  15. Wow Sara Emily! This is a fantastic card! I love all the texture you were able to create. Thanks for joining us on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge

  16. Wow Sara! What an amazing card! Love your attention to detail and all the texture! Your photos are beautiful! Happy you had time to make great memories with your dear daughter :) Hope you have a fun and safe weekend!

  17. Oh my, Sara Emily, this brilliant card is definitely my new favourite of yours! You put so much love in creating this beauty and your attention to details is fabulous, my friend! That box of apples loooks so real and awesome and your textures are fabulous, as usual! I am totaly blown away by your super talent, my lovely! Big congrats on your GD spot!
    What beautiful photos! I am so glad you spent a special time with your beautiful Lauren! I am sure she will do well since she is awesome!
    Lots of love to you and to your pretty daughter! Branka xx

  18. Absolutely fabulous !
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapyland Challenges blog and good luck !
    Maryvonne DT Member

  19. Hi, Sara! Thanks for sharing the photos of your time with daughter before she left for college! Beautiful scenery and two beautiful women! Congratulations on your GDT slot! Wonderful nature scene in your beautiful mixed media creation! I especially like the spread leaves under the crate! Gorgeous layers and colors, Sara! Hugs, de


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